Zhangjiajie Primate

Jennifer and I found this macaque along with its large family while hiking through the dense Karst Mountains in China’s Zhangjiajie National Park. This particular Zhangjiajie primate perched up on this stone wall while we made our way up the steep staircase. It was a very surreal experience to have this troop of more than…

Trees of Red

This eerie looking path full of trees covered in red ribbons is actually a forest full of hopes and dreams. This path is a part of Tianmen Mountain in China. Tianmen is a holy mountain to the Chinese people. In the Chinese culture the color red represents happiness or jubilation. They write their wishes on…

Visiting Mutianyu – The Best Restoration of the Great Wall

The Great Wall is 5,500 miles long so unless you are planning a rather lengthy vacation than you are going to have to narrow down where you want to go. I did extensive research before traveling to this “wonder of the world” and found that visiting Mutianyu was the best spot for getting the most out of…

Jiankou – The Most Beautiful and Dangerous Unrestored Section of The Great Wall of China, Part 2

Today we continue our Jiankou adventure along The Great Wall. If you missed Part 1, click here to catch up. Day 2: From Xizhazi Village to Zhengbeilou Tower… the hard way. We awoke early the next morning about an hour before the sun rose and made our way up to the Wall, near what is labeled…

Jiankou – The Most Beautiful and Dangerous Unrestored Section of The Great Wall of China, Part 1

Another title for this post could be, “That time we asked each other if we were going to survive this.” My wife and I have walked across ridges with 100′ vertical drops on either side. We have scaled mountain sides and walked on 2x4s 2,000′ in the air, but this trail made us question our sanity. This…

Tianmen Dragon

This is a relief of the dreaded Tianmen Dragon! …not really. In China there is an amazing place known as Tianmen Shan (Heaven’s Gate Mountain). So named because of the giant “cave” (it’s a hole, but they call it a cave) through the mountain. It is very cool. You can climb to the top of…

Locked Away

All over China and in many of its most holy places you can find massive amounts of these engraved locks hanging off of chain railings, fences, and bridges. Sometimes these are referred to as Love Locks. The idea being that you lock your love away and it will never be broken. In China it seems that…

Peony

Happy Chinese New Year! This breathtaking burst of color is a Peony flower. It’s considered by many of China’s citizens to be their national flower. At best, it’s an unofficial title as the People’s Republic of China has no official national flower. I found this nearly perfect bloom while exploring one of the islands near Hong Kong.

Where Are We Going?

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King Jr. Today is a day when we remember a man whose legacy was unity and equality for all people, regardless of race. Dr. King fought against injustices through non-violent protest. He was a Christian…